Since his 2017 debut album release, Neale took out the 2018 Queensland Music Award for Song of The Year for single Dancin’ & Romancin’, signed a global publishing deal with GAGA International/Rough Trade, received extensive play across US college radio and was the recipient of the Grant McLennan Fellowship.
As part of this fellowship Neale spent three months in New York City during 2018, attending a songwriting masterclass at NYU, collaborating with local writers and as it turns out, most importantly, resetting his life.
The distance from home enabled a birds-eye view of what was and wasn’t working and enabled him to figure out what exactly he wanted from music and how the desire to create music could fit into a life worth living. Upon his return home to Brisbane, Australia, armed with new purpose and an openness to collaboration, he set to work on recording his sophomore record We Were Trying to Make It Out.
Sonically, We Were Trying to Make It Out contains Neale’s penchant for melodic hooks, delivered coherently and directly without compromise or pastiche. This is the Jeremy Neale sound – the result of years of searching and refining – honest, fully realised and immediate. Guitar pop underpinned by classic songwriting is potentially the recipe for finding oneself outside the current musical climate but is also the hallmark of creating something truly timeless.
We Were Trying to Make It Out is a record written across two cities and two years. Early Jeremy Neale recordings might have read as a tribute to those who came before him, but here on his second record – he has found his sound and his voice.
You can catch Jeremy Neale playing the following shows in March:
Thursday 19th March – Adelaide
Summertown Studios, 7.00PM
13 Paringa Ave,
Somerton Park SA 5044
Friday 20th March – Melbourne
Rocksteady Records, 6.00PM
Level 1, Mitchell House
358 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Saturday 28th March – Brisbane
Music at Nucleus, World Science Festival Brisbane
Jeremy Neale joined Brad on Arvos recently to unpack the album: